After reading the mixed reviews, I decided to take my chances and book a 4-night stay at the Wyndham since they were running a 50% off special. Overall, I am pleased with the visit but there are definitely things that prospective guests should know before booking:
1. Resort Fee – The resort fee is $15/night per person. This includes gratuity for maid service.
2. Internet – There are internet kiosks available in the lobby at a rate of $0.50/minute. If you have a laptop, you can get wireless access for $14.95/day. The wireless stopped working during my visit. When I called down to the front desk and informed them of my problems, they did not offer to assist me. They simply told me to try again later. I did try again later – it was down for 2 days. I ended up using the kiosks in the lobby but found the speed to be slower than the wireless. Unfortunate since the kiosks bill you for each minute.
3. Service – Every once in a while, you will encounter a staff member that actually seems to enjoy their work and the guests. Most are indifferent. They are not downright rude but you definitely get the sense that they don’t care for tourists so I don’t understand why they work in the hospitality industry.
4. Kids – This is a “family-friendly” resort. In other words, if you want peace and quiet, you must go to the far end of the Sheraton. If you have kids, the pool area is ideal because your kids will find lots of playmates.
5. Spring break party – Unfortunately, you must listen to the same 10 American pop songs if you are lounging by the pool. This is annoying for any tourists that are hoping for a taste of local, Calypso music…after all, it is The Bahamas.
6. Restaurants – The food is pretty mediocre. The exception would be Moso. However, be warned – the service is terrible. Expect to wait a while before they take your order, if ever. The food is great but would have been exceptional had it still been warm when it reached the table. 15% gratuity is automatically added to all bills so you won’t get the chance to stiff poor service. The Flamingo, which is by the pool is okay but for a little more money, go to the Dolphin Grill at the Sheraton. You can charge meals at the Sheraton to your room.
7. Vendors – You will be approached at least hourly about jet skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, the Booze Cruise, drinks, tee shirts, jewelry, etc. It gets tiresome after a couple hundred offers. If you are interested in buying something, be sure to negotiate a better price. Don’t let them rip you off.
8. Taxi – The taxis have meters but the drivers do not use them. Settle on the price in advance. For reference, we paid $15 to go downtown, $12 to go to The Fish Fry, $20 to go to Potter’s Cay, and $20 to/from the airport.
On a positive note, the rooms are clean and spacious. Despite the low price we paid, we had an ocean view. Complimentary bottled water is provided and the rooms have mini-fridges that are not mini-bars.
Other recommendations: for a more authentic Bahamian experience, visit Potters Cay for conch salad and The Fish Frye for lunch or dinner. Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island is fantastic. There are more vendors there but it just means more competition and better prices than Cable Beach. Finally, Café Matisse in Nassau has wonderful food (though pricey) and very pleasant outdoor seating.
One final note – you should go to The Bahamas knowing that people will try to rip you off and/or generously tip themselves. Be prepared to say “no” and walk away so that no one takes advantage of you. If you keep this in mind, you will have an enjoyable holiday!
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